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Post by Archived Topic » Tue Feb 02, 1999 12:00 am

Was this word of french origin or english?
Submitted by Carlene Cayenne (Calgary - Canada)
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Post by Jonathon Green » Sat Feb 06, 1999 8:00 am

Stop is a Teutonic rendition of Latin stuppare, to stop up, to stuff with tow or oakum. This 'blocking up' image precedes that of stopping still or stopping someone from doing something, both of which can be seen as figurative uses of the original.
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